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From Uncharted 3 to GAME Ex-Display Apology - News Roundup 15th April 2010

Jonathan Lester
Activision, GAME, Infinity Ward, News, Nolan North, Uncharted 3

Nolan North: Uncharted 3 is "Common Sense"

From Uncharted 3 to GAME Ex-Display Apology - News Roundup 15th April 2010

The Uncharted franchise has been a runaway success for Naughty Dog, and they'd be mad not to release a sequel. When asked about the possibility of Uncharted 3, voice actor Nolan North delivered a glib yet promising reply.

“I’m not supposed to talk about that. I’ve been told I can’t say one way or another. But I will ask a question back: Do you think it would be financially responsible of Sony to not make a third game that has made hundreds of millions of dollars for their company?

“You’ve just got to use your common sense. What do you think? I’m not supposed to say one way or the other. I would encourage everyone to tap into their common sense.”

In gamespeak, this could mean one of two things. Either it means: "We hope that Sony will soon give us the green light to make Uncharted 3, but big businesses make stupid decisions from time to time. Don't screw us here, guys. Or, more than likely, it means that Naughty Dog are already getting stuck into development and they're waiting for E3 to give us the grand reveal. Here's hoping. [Playstation Chat via PSU]

Two More Infinity Ward Devs go AWOL

From Uncharted 3 to GAME Ex-Display Apology - News Roundup 15th April 2010

This is getting ridiculous. Lead animator Mark Grigsby and lead character animator Paul Messerly are the latest escapees from Infinity Ward, bringing the current total of lost staff up to a round dozen. Whether or not they'll defect to West and Zampella's newly-created Respawn Entertainment remains to be seen, though I'd be a surprised if there isn't a substantial EA 'bounty' out for them.

Grigsby was a 5-year IW vet who actually provided VA for Modern Warfare, and Paul Messerly was serving even before 2015 inc changed its name. At this rate, Kotick will be making MW3 by himself.

As we've been saying all along, happy developers make better games. But does anyone else find it ironic that developers are fleeing to EA... for the creative freedom they provide? What a world we live in. [VG247]

GAME Apologises for Shifting Ex-Display Stock

From Uncharted 3 to GAME Ex-Display Apology - News Roundup 15th April 2010

This Easter, many Hot UK Deals posts were marred by GAME shifting a lot of tatty ex-display stock instead of "new" games (as advertised). GAME has now apologised for the mistake, stating that the huge demand caused them to relax their quality control standards.

"This stock should be in mint condition but we are now aware that some ex-display stock has slipped through our quality screening processes. We would never seek to mislead our customers by offering for sale product that we know to be sub-standard, and would like to take this opportunity to offer our apologies to any customer that has been inconvenienced by this matter."

GAME have also stated that they will be offering a refund or replacement to affected consumers.

"If any of our customers have bought a 'new' game from us, then we will have sent a new game out to them. If any customer has received a game that is damaged or that they are not happy about the condition of, we will be pleased to replace it or refund it, subject to our normal terms and conditions."

Score one for the good guys. However, in other GAME news, the retail outlet has apparently cut staff hours again in order to rein in its outgoings. Hopefully this will remove the need for any further layoffs and store closings. [Gamesindustry.biz]

Sony Rolls out Free(ish) 3D Games this June

News update: Sony has announced that they will be releasing four 3D games on PSN to coincide with the launch of its new stereoscopic HX800 3D telly. Wipeout HD, Motorostorm Pacific Rift, PAIN and Super Stardust HD will be available as a free download to HX800 purchasers this June.

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Michael  Apr. 15, 2010 at 16:38

Not buying a 3D TV, and didn't really have any interest in ever owning one... BUT! Wipeout HD is one of my favourite games and, in some respects, would almost be worth it alone! Clever move by Sony, especially as the 3 of those 4 games I've played are fantastic (all but Pain).

Chris F  Apr. 15, 2010 at 17:23

shame you'd probably need to sell your retinas to be able to afford a 3DTV at launch.

oh the irony.

Dan  Apr. 15, 2010 at 17:28

A lot of us at HUKD bought the collector's edition of Street Fighter 4 which turned up EXTREMELY used. At the time they totally denied that the stock was used. Good to see them finally admit it but they lost my returned copy and now haven't replied for over a week after receiving my proof that I sent it back. They're not having a good year.

Tony  Apr. 15, 2010 at 18:08

Just wanted to point out that developers aren't really fleeing to EA for creative freedom, but rather Respawn Entertainment that Zampella and West are in the process of setting up. This developer intends to be an EA partner, such that EA publishes for them only and has, from what I understand, no input into what the company will do etc.

dunfyboy  Apr. 15, 2010 at 21:46

What's Game's excuse for the rest of the year?

Gunn  Apr. 15, 2010 at 22:33

So the Sony 3d telly is starting around £2000, too steep for my tastes but I'd pay £1000 so just got to wonder how long it will take to drop to that price.

fanpages  Apr. 15, 2010 at 23:46

More discussions about GAME's "face saving" statement...

[ http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/656198/game-sells-ex-display-stock-as-new- ]



Jonathan Lester  Apr. 16, 2010 at 15:04

Well worth a link, thanks for the heads up!

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